Farah wins his sixth Vitality 10,000 title in largest race ever

Just months after breaking the British marathon record at this year’s London Marathon, Sir Mo Farah won his sixth Vitality 10,000 title. The quadruple Olympic track champion outsprinted young British runners Richard Allen (29:48) and Matthew Shaw (29:50) in the final 500m, to cross the line in 29 minutes 44 seconds.

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The enthusiastic London crowds turned out in their thousands to watch the race, as Farah cruised to the finish line in his second victory in nine days, after winning the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run

As they headed along The Mall and through Admiralty Arch, Farah was running comfortably in a group of six runners – including Richard Allen, Jonathan Mellor, Mohamud Aadan and Matthew Sharp. Once the group had passed the halfway point, Farah started to lift the pace, until Allen and Sharp were the only two runners sticking with him.

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With 800m to go, Farah moved up another gear, making the final turn into Spur Road and on to the finish line alone. Afterwards Farah said: “The pace was nice and comfortable and I really enjoyed the race. I was happy with the win, which is the most important thing, but it was nice to be able to run alongside club runners who look up to you.

“It’s good to forget about who you are – and what you have achieved – and just enjoy the moment, which is what I did out there.

“I think it’s important to help these runners and encourage them. Everyone is inspired by someone; I was inspired by someone, so it was nice to be able to run alongside them and talk to them, to share a story, share what you have gone through.”

British runner Richard Allen shared this thought, saying: “It’s not often you get to run side by side with Mo Farah through the streets of London; it was an absolute pleasure.

“We were both at the front with two kilometres to go and Mo said, ‘We’ve made a gap, see if you can run alongside me’, but he was running so fast I couldn’t hang on. It was an amazing experience.”

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Steph Twell won the women’s race, finishing in 32 minutes, 34 seconds – almost half a minute ahead of Gemma Steel (33:00) and Jo Pavey (33:12). Afterwards Twell spoke about the magic of running through the city, saying: “The Vitality London 10,000 is definitely one of the most inspiring races in the city.

“You are taking in so many sites, and that really keeps you going during  the race, along with the crowd support here today. There are a huge number of runners who are trying it for the first time or coming back again.

“The atmosphere out on the road was electric and everyone supporting really got me round. I took in everything and coming up to St James’s Park I knew I had to finish strong in front of Buckingham Palace. I made sure I took it all in and just tried to keep my rhythm going.”

This year saw more than 14,000 runners cross the Start Line of the race on The Mall, making 2018 the biggest Vitality London 10,000 race in the 11 editions of the event.